sippy cup problems

Michelle - posted on 11/10/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my son is going on 21 months. whenever hes done drinking out of his sippy instead of puting it down and walking away, he decides to turn it upside down and start shaking it nd spilling it all over the place...we even got the leak proof one but they didnt work....how do i stop him i've tried smacking his hand( which i know some parents are against but its my child my choose) and telling him no...i've even tried putting him in time out..i cant just take away his sippy cuz he needs to drink...what do i do??????????

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Bethany - posted on 11/14/2010

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can you just give him a tiny bit in the cup, just enough for a tiny little drink? Then there'll be nothing to spill. If he wants more, he'll let you know.

We sometimes forget how new and interesting everything is to a toddler, it's just spilling to us, but it's art and science to them. He might need some time with you with stuff he can spill and mess up and play with, like little watering cans and funnels and sieves of water outside or in the tub or the sandpit. He sure is getting a reaction out of you and that's probably just what he likes, lots of mummy's attention, so why not give it to him. Some day he won't want you near him at all.

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Stephanie - posted on 12/11/2010

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show him that when he's finished you put it down this way and than there will be water to come back to later. My mum taught my son because he use to do the same thing. He is now going through a phase of tipping water out of the water bottles. :) It's never ending but will get better.

Taryn - posted on 12/10/2010

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I had the same problem, my daughter now 22 mos. drinks out of a big girl cup (regular cup) at the table, she used to have the same problem either shaking it or throwing it at a dog, tv, etc.

The only time i give her a sippy now is when we are in the car, or out of the house.

Katie - posted on 11/25/2010

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Through trial and error, I've learned that positive reinforcement works best...Just stay on top of him practically for the next few days. As soon as he gets done, take it away calmly and say "Oh, you're all done! Let's put the cup up here so it won't spill!" This may seem like a simple approach, but believe me...if you are consistent enough, in a few days you will see a major improvement! Good luck!

Florence - posted on 11/23/2010

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Our child has been hearing NO for so many times in a day. Maybe you can try stopping him by saying, " Put the cup on the table or on the tray and you say very good everytime he does it. Model it if you want. I get to think that they enjoy it more when you stop them from doing things. I would usually give my 21 month old baby boy (which used to do the same thing as your son) instructions in a calm voice, model it and avoind the word NO...so let's say, he's going to throw his sippy cup, I would say " Hands down" instead of No. In that case, they will follow if you're calm and you're adding some vocabulary words there too...it works for me...try it

Jenny - posted on 11/23/2010

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My daughter, just shy of 22 months, does this and we DO take the sippy away. She's a good drinker and usually only shakes the sippy when she's had enough. She gets mad when we take it but likes to clean up the table or floor. It really is a game ... she turned her sippy sideways, looked at my husband and said, "purpose". She then proceeded to turn it upside down and shake.
We've started letting her drink from a covered plastic cup with a straw (one from a restaurant) which she really likes because its "big girl" thing and when she does the sippy shaking thing we tell she won't be able to use her big girl cup. Doesn't help ... maybe we should switch. Good luck

Alicia - posted on 11/21/2010

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My daughter does the same thing, it is all a game to them at that age :) I just make sure as soon as she takes her drink i take it and put it up on the counter. When she wants more she points to the kitchen and says drink. She got mad when I first did this but now she is used to it and she has no problem with it. Patience is key! Everything is a learning experience for them, even making a mess.

Stephanie - posted on 11/20/2010

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My daughter is almost 21 months old and walks up to the fridge and asks for it...well she did until this week...now she knows how to open the fridge :-/ But she knows where it goes. I don't like her juice,water,milk sitting out all the time and one reason is because of the shaking. Everything is a game to them....at this point they are testing their limits as well...NO means heck yes let's do it to them... lol....maybe teach him that where you get it from and where it goes when your not drinking it. I have been doing this for a few months. When my daughter wants a snack she goes by the cabinet and fusses for what she wants. I lift her up to where all her snacks are and she shows me what she wants by picking it up herself or pointing to it. They learn so quickly....Make things helpful to you! That way when they are older they know how to put things away and where to find things. This is all also a game for them and it is fascinating to their little sponge brains absorbing everything in. When I clean her toys she helps me. When I do laundry she helps put things in the dryers. When I dry her sippy cups out of the dishwasher she organizes them while I am drying and puts the correct lid on each. Later in life she will love to help because everything is a game :) Good luck!!

Katherine - posted on 11/18/2010

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I would try warning him not to spill the cup and if he does, take it away. He won't dehydrate himself. Offer it back to him a little while later and if he does it again take it away again. Eventually he will probably understand that he shouldn't spill the water. He will get thirsty enough he will drink it properly. My son started blowing bubbles and spitting out his water and juice all over himself, so I would take his cup, offer it back in an hour or so.
My son has been dehydrated from the flu before and ended up in the hospital so I know how serious it can be but I really don't believe this would happen. If you think its been too long just let him drink however he wants!

Crystal - posted on 11/15/2010

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I also agree with Bethany.
And I see where you are coming from, we can't just dehydrate the kids, LOL.
My son uses SIGG aluminum water bottles when we are out and about, they dont let liquid escape out of the top. They can be exspensive but I just saw some at Ross and Marshalls if you have one near you maybe go peak. They were by the to-go coffee mugs in the kitchen section.

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Dawn - posted on 11/15/2010

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I agree with everything Bethany said!! I also suggest that after he is done with his drink, immediately remove it, maybe just explaining to him "Oh, you're all done with the drink, so lets put it on the table now!". It may take a little extra work on your end for a few days but these kids learn quickly!!

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